Department:

UAMS Human Research Advisory Committee

Policy Number:

3.6

Section:

Committee Membership

Effective Date:

July 31, 2002

Revision Date:

November 18, 2002

SUBJECT:  Members 

Appointment.  The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Sponsored Research at UAMS and the HRAC chairpersons solicit nominations and self-nominations from all members of the faculty of UAMS for scientist members and from all members of the faculty and research staff of the University for non-scientist members, and also seek the advice of Deans and administrative officers in making their recommendations.  The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Sponsored Research at UAMS extends invitations to HRAC membership in writing. 

As a routine, appointments or reappointments of voting members occur once a year, with a search taking place in the Spring, and the appointments taking effect in September, the beginning of the academic year. Should a vacancy arise that would create a violation of the federally-mandated composition of membership, the search and appointment process may be activated at any time to fill that vacancy.

In case a member is chosen to become the chairperson, the duration of his/her membership will be extended automatically, to allow completion of the terms of appointment as a chairperson.  A member, who has served two consecutive four-year terms, will again become eligible for HRAC membership no sooner than two years after being off the HRAC.  In the case of reappointment, the terms of membership will be reestablished. 

Scientist Members.  Scientist members of the HRAC will have had experience in research involving human subjects, and will be recruited from among active members of the faculty of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and its affiliates.  Scientist members will be appointed for four-year terms. The term of membership will be renewable for a second, consecutive four-year period, as long as a member continues to possess the required qualifications.

Non-scientist Members.  Non-scientist members will have had expertise in human rights issues and/or ethical or legal issues considered to be relevant to human subject research, and will be recruited from among active members of the faculty or the full-time staff of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and its affiliates.  Non-scientist members will be appointed for four-year terms, renewable for successive four-year terms without limit, as long as a member continues to possess the desired qualifications. 

Non-university Representatives.  The non-university, community representatives will be non-scientists; they or their families will not have any affiliation with the University of Arkansas (non-university members), and will be recruited from among the community of Little Rock and its vicinity.  

Appointments are for a four-year term.  


Duties.  A HRAC member’s duties include reviewing studies for risk/benefit and protection of human subjects for new studies and for studies at continuing review, evaluating investigators’ requests for changes in studies, and playing an important role in the university’s human research protection program to educate investigators and establish an environment of safeguarding human subjects in research. 

The HRAC member may be relieved of his/her responsibilities for failure to perform duties in an appropriate manner as determined by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Sponsored Research at UAMS.  Additionally, the HRAC chairperson may request that any committee member who misses three consecutive meetings be replaced.

Compensation.  Committee members serve voluntarily without compensation.

Liability Coverage.  As volunteers or as state employees, HRAC members are covered through the standard UAMS liability coverage.